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2020 Volunteer Awards and Recognitions Recipients

At Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona, we know the success of our Movement would not be possible without the passion, dedication, and support of our incredible volunteers. We truly value each and every one of our adult members, and recognize the contributions each volunteer makes in developing girl leaders.

Our Volunteer Awards and Recognitions are given annually to volunteers who provide outstanding service, and who go above and beyond the expectations of their role in order to make a difference in our movement. The four woman recognized below live by the Girl Scout Promise and Law, and are truly helping make the world a better place.

This year, we would like to acknowledge our 2020 Volunteer Awards and Recognitions recipients:

Volunteer of Excellence: Stephanie Gibes, Pima County

The Volunteer of Excellence award recognizes those volunteers who have contributed to our mission while partnering directly with girls in any pathway to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience through the use of books, badges and awards.

Stephanie embodies all characteristics that are valued in a strong Girl Scout leader— she is thoughtful, courageous, strong, kind, and fun! Not only does Stephanie go above and beyond for the girls in both of her troops, she also plans area events and steps up to volunteer whenever council or a new troop leader needs a helping hand. Her enthusiasm is infectious and radiates throughout the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona council. Stephanie is a positive role model for Girl Scouts everywhere, and we are proud to have her as a part of our community.

Honor Pin: Olga Chapman, Yuma County

The Honor Pin recognizes a volunteer's exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, which has had measurable impact on two or more geographic areas of service.

Olga is a brilliant person to work with in Girl Scouts. She has a full work-load, four daughters, and she still continues to reach out to her community to help where she can. She never turns down a request for help from council or other troop leaders. Olga is an amazing role model and she truly lives by the Girl Scout Promise and Law. She tirelessly works to represent Yuma County in the Girl Scout Council by volunteering her time as a delegate. Recently, she also volunteered to be on the advisory board to the CEO.

Appreciation Pin: Anissa Davila, Cochise County

The Appreciation Pin recognizes a volunteer's exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience in one geographic area.

Anissa has been a troop leader in Douglas for 5 years. Over that time, not only has she managed a thriving Girl Scout troop in a rural area, but was also a Cookie Cupboard Manager for several years. She has helped at recruiting events in her area and last year was a mentor for the leaders of a new Daisy troop. Anissa is always willing to help her sister Girl Scouts in any way she can and is a shining example of being friendly and helpful.

Newfound Treasure: Karen Riddle, Pima County

The Newfound Treasure Award recognizes the efforts of a newer volunteer who embodies the Girl Scout principle of helping where needed.

Karen is one of the most enthusiastic go-getters that embodies everything that Girl Scouts stands for. She has worked hard to recruit girls and families to participate in her new troop, and she did so in the middle of a global pandemic. Karen brings an incredible amount of enthusiasm and organization to her new troop. From the beginning, Karen has been excited about everything Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona has to offer, from program specialists to community partners. Additionally, she has forged ahead to make her own resources, including developing a troop-specific parent guide book for Troop 788's families and hosting Zoom troop meetings while her planned meeting space remains closed.

Visit our website for more information about our Volunteer Awards and Recognitions or to learn more about becoming a Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona volunteer,

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